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Apprenticed to the Word

Richard Lischer

in The Preacher King

Published in print March 1997 | ISBN: 9780195111323
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199853298 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195111323.003.0002
Apprenticed to the Word

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King seldom spoke publicly about the Sustainers and Reformers who preceded him or the powerful mentors who shaped him as a preacher. He understood perhaps that American culture wants utter authenticity of its leaders or feared that if he connected his debt to the black tradition, he would lose his integrity with white audiences. The sole on-the-record statement King made with regard to his own preaching happened in Atlanta one week after JFK's assassination. King was bedridden with flu but nevertheless permitted a long interview to a young student named Donald H. Smith.

Keywords: Sustainers; Reformers; preacher; JFK; Atlanta; Donald H. Smith

Chapter.  14862 words. 

Subjects: Christianity

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